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Dr Kevin Hughes
Senior Lecturer in Structural Integrity

Howell Building 107


Dr Kevin Hughes graduated from Cranfield University where he obtained an MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering, prior to achieving his PhD in improving helicopter crashworthiness for impacts on water.

Kevin has extensive experience in teaching (including development and delivery of new modules) at MSc / Continued Professional Development level, Operating as an MSc Course Director since 2005, Kevin achieved Senior Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy and has supervised over eighty MSc industry supported dissertation projects to completion.

Kevin's research interests are focused on the development of numerical simulation methods for non-linear structural analysis (including crashworthiness), which includes coupling finite element analysis to optimisation methods.  Utilising high fidelity modelling of structures and materials has led to research colloborations within automotive, aerospace and rail sectors.  


Kevin is responsible for the development and management of off-campus MSc programmes delivered at NSIRC, Cambridge, which includes the MSc in Structural Integrity, and provides modular lecture courses, student support and thesis project supervision at post graduate level.

Newest selected publications

Campbell, JC., Hughes, K., Vignjevic, R., Djordjevic, N., Taylor, N. and Jardine, A. (2022) 'Development of modelling design tool for harpoon for active space debris removal'. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 166. pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 0734-743X Open Access Link

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Hughes, K., Ramos, J., Vignjevic, R., Krzywoblocki, M., Djordjevic, N. and Campbell, J. (2021) 'MEM vs. FEM: Practical crashworthiness insights for Macro Element Modelling applied to sub-assembly and full vehicle automotive structures'. International Journal of Crashworthiness, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 18. ISSN: 1358-8265 Open Access Link

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Vignjevic, R., Liang, C., Hughes, K., Brown, J., De Vuyst, T., Djordjevic, N. and et al. (2019) 'A numerical study on the influence of internal corrugated reinforcements on the biaxial bending collapse of thin-walled beams'. Thin-Walled Structures, 144 (November 2019). pp. 106277 - 106277. ISSN: 0263-8231 Open Access Link

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Hughes, K., Vignjevic, R., De Vuyst, T., Campbell, J., Djordjevic, N., Gulavani, O. and et al. (2018) 'Transferring momentum: Novel drop protection concept for mobile devices'. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 117. pp. 85 - 101. ISSN: 0734-743X Open Access Link

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De Vuyst, T., Campbell, JC., Hughes, K. and Vignjevic, R. (2016) 'Prediction of the ballistic limit of an aluminium sandwich panel'. Journal of Physics: Conference Series (JPCS), 734 (3). pp. 032089 - 032089. ISSN: 1742-6588 Open Access Link

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